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[kaf-er, key-fer, kah-] /ˈkæf ər, ˈkeɪ fər, ˈkɑ-/
noun, plural Kafirs (especially collectively) Kafir.
Also called Nuristani. a member of an Indo-European people of Nuristan.
(lowercase) Islam. an infidel or unbeliever.
Kaffir (def 1).
(lowercase). Also, kaffir. Also called kafir corn. a grain sorghum, Sorghum bicolor caffrorum, having stout, short-jointed, leafy stalks, introduced into the U.S. from southern Africa.
Origin of Kafir
From Arabic, dating back to 1795-1805; See origin at Kaffir Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "A Moslem ruler though he oppress me and not a Kafir though he work me weal" is a Moslem proverb of long standing.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • The Kafir thief had driven them off in the direction of Somerset.

    Six Months at the Cape R.M. Ballantyne
  • They could not read them, but they knew that, like the Kafir watch-fires, they were silent messengers.

    Jasper Lyle Harriet Ward
  • At that very time they had a Kafir girl in training as a housemaid.

    Six Months at the Cape R.M. Ballantyne
  • The stranger Kafir tried to get to the wagon, but Jan barred the passage.

  • The country they were about to colonise had been recently overrun by Kafir hordes.

    The Settler and the Savage R.M. Ballantyne
  • Each one will be driven by a Kafir, who most likely will be walking alongside his team.

    With Rifle and Bayonet F.S. Brereton
  • Fortunately the Kafir was too much engrossed with his thoughts.

    The Settler and the Savage R.M. Ballantyne
  • It had nothing whatever to do with the Kafir tribes who dwelt in the country.

  • For instance, why don't we make Mary and Mother work for us like Kafir women?

British Dictionary definitions for Kafir


noun (pl) -irs, -ir
another name for the Nuri
a variant spelling of Kaffir
Word Origin
C19: from Arabic; see Kaffir
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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